Grandmothers Against Gun Violence: Rallying for a safer future

Just days after the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in which 20 school children and six staff members were killed, Washington grandmother Margaret Heldring was sitting down to have dinner with three of her friends.

“We realized at that moment, we were all grandmothers of six-year-olds,” she said. “And in the course of that conversation popped the idea: Grandmothers Against Gun Violence.” Continue reading here

Gun violence is a health crisis

Daily reports tell of the public-health issue related to the spread of measles. Of greater concern to me is the number of deaths and injuries due to the other public-health crisis that we face: gun violence. The Virginia Beach shooting Friday killed 12, critically injured four, and traumatized co-workers, family and friends for a lifetime. Continue reading here

Leaving a Legacy of a Safer Society

When people think of the word “grandmother,” certain common associations come to mind: wise, nurturing, retired. But a group of Seattle area grandmothers have added another important term to that list: activist. Deeply dismayed by the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, four local women, still in shock and grief about the massacre, gathered for coffee and brainstorming about what they could do to prevent further gun violence. “We were all grandmothers of 6-year-olds,” says one of the four founders, Margy Heldring, “We realized it could have been us.” Continue reading here